To the Editor:
The recent reprehensible remarks by Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) and the past proposed legislation by Akin and co-sponsored by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), are representative of a greater political problem of the right. Their anti-science legislative stances and illogically held paradigms are rooted in their religiosity. As Galileo and Copernicus found out long ago, scientific theory or proven science and religious beliefs are incompatible in most cases. This thorny mixture of strongly held myths and inductively proven scientific laws are never more apparent than in current right wing Republican politics.
As much as he would like to in this general election season, the presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee can not divorce himself from his legislative past of supporting faith-driven laws that seek to strip women of their reproductive rights. As a congressional candidate, in an attempt to curry favor with conservative political extremists, Ryan has championed the causes of the far right that are antithetical to the health and individual rights of women.
Now, on a ticket that polls significantly lower than the Democrats in regard to the women’s vote, those stances might justifiably cost him the vice-presidency!
Christopher M. Curran